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Forum topic by Zac Harlan posted 10-30-2018 01:28 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-30-2018 01:28 PM

This is a long shot but i was hoping someone here could tell me what kind of wood this is. It’s from a barn built in 1862 that i’m reusing to build a table. My first thought is some kind of fur tree but i’ve not seen one look so red

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#1 posted 10-30-2018 01:46 PM

That’s my guess too. Fir or spruce.

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#2 posted 10-30-2018 01:55 PM

Cedar or redwood? Does it smell like cedar?

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#3 posted 10-30-2018 02:05 PM

I’d say Douglas-fir.

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#4 posted 10-30-2018 02:15 PM

red spruce alder :<))

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#5 posted 10-30-2018 02:24 PM

I agree with the others….hemlock, spruce, or fir

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#6 posted 10-31-2018 05:52 PM

my buddy says it smells cedar-ish… I’ve got a lousy sense of smell so i don’t know. This is a barn that was built by the Amish in the Iowa/Illinois part of the country if that helps at all.

-- Zac, Iowa, zacharlan.com

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#7 posted 10-31-2018 09:50 PM

Heart alder

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#8 posted 10-31-2018 11:27 PM

You tell’em Fridge!

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#9 posted 11-01-2018 11:39 AM



my buddy says it smells cedar-ish… I ve got a lousy sense of smell so i don t know. This is a barn that was built by the Amish in the Iowa/Illinois part of the country if that helps at all.

- Zac Harlan

Well, I don’t know what it would be doing in that part of the country…...but it sure sounds and looks exactly like cypress to me. Does this wood kind of have a oily or sticky feel to it? Does it also have a kind of shiny looking surface? Are there or were there any covered bridges around the area at one time? Could have been reclaimed and used when they did away with such structures?
In my area all the wood used in the light houses on the Chesapeake Bay was cypress. It was brought in and used because it doesn’t much rot. Same with many covered bridges and in general anything that had to be built around water. I was lucky to get some old saved beams here and it looks just like that.

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#10 posted 11-01-2018 03:12 PM

I think its too knotty for cypress.

I believe it has to be a conifer.

I say old growth pine.

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#11 posted 11-01-2018 03:53 PM

My first thought is some kind of fur tree

Could be from the Irish Setter family :)

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#12 posted 11-01-2018 04:13 PM

Hemlock, spruce, or fir, for my money.

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#13 posted 11-01-2018 04:20 PM

Small chance it could be cypress. Typically good heartwood won’t have all those knots. Hard to tell if it has what I call ghost rings in between the annual rings. The rings usually fade a bit at the edges.

I still stand by alder.

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#14 posted 11-01-2018 05:14 PM

Looks like pine to me

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#15 posted 11-01-2018 05:44 PM

Another vote for old growth pine but fir is certainly an options as well.

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